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1968: june 3

Forty years ago today, Valerie Solanas shot Andy Warhol.

The male is completely egocentric, trapped inside himself, incapable of empathizing or identifying with others, or love, friendship, affection of tenderness. He is a completely isolated unit, incapable of rapport with anyone. His responses are entirely visceral, not cerebral; his intelligence is a mere tool in the services of his drives and needs; he is incapable of mental passion, mental interaction; he can't relate to anything other than his own physical sensations. He is a half-dead, unresponsive lump, incapable of giving or receiving pleasure or happiness; consequently, he is at best an utter bore, an inoffensive blob, since only those capable of absorption in others can be charming. He is trapped in a twilight zone halfway between humans and apes, and is far worse off than the apes because, unlike the apes, he is capable of a large array of negative feelings -- hate, jealousy, contempt, disgust, guilt, shame, doubt -- and moreover, he is aware of what he is and what he isn't.

-- Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto

Almost thirty years later, a feature film about Solanas is released, starring Lili Taylor:

According to one book, when asked why she shot Warhol, Solanas replied, "I just wanted him to pay attention to me. Talking to him was like talking to a chair."

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